NAIROBI, October 24 – Kenya Premier League (KPL) leaders Sony Sugar have a litmus test on Saturday when they face coastal side Bandari at Mombasa City Stadium.
The sugar millers failed to take control of the league last Saturday after dropping two important points when they were held to a barren draw by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in Awendo.
With 28 points and less than five games to go, 13th place Bandari will be looking for a change of fortunes against Francis Baraza’s side following their 3-1 humbling by Red Berets.
The portsmen hope to use their home ground advantage and depend on the influence of internationals Abdi Simba and Ali Briek along side striker Abdulwa Musa in the hunt for goals.
Sony will however hope fullback Noah Abich and Jockins Atudo alongside striker Dennis Onkangi and midfielder David Otieno spur the team to a win as the race enters its last stages.
Second placed Mathare United who have 49 points with a game in hand, travel to fifth place Sher Karuturi for a mouthwatering clash in Naivasha. The slum boys will rely on striker Francis Ouma, midfielders Kelvin Ochieng and Austin Makacha, Edgar Ochieng and keeper Duncan Ochieng.
After being handed his first defeat as coach by Agro Chemicals, new coach Sammy Okoth has another tough assignment against the boys in yellow.
A well drilled Agro Chemicals have another tricky fixture away to ninth place KCB at the Moi International Sports centre Kasarani a week after their 1-0 victory against Sher Karuturi in Muhoroni.
CECAFA champions Tusker now on 30 points with a fixture in hand will entertain 12th place Red Berets who have 29 points at Kasarani.
The brewers match against Ulinzi Stars at Greensteads postponed following the late arrival of midfielder Osborne Monday, towering defender Joseph Shikokoti, their club’s chief executive officer Peter Serry and physician Wycliffe Makanga from Conakry.
The return of Harambee Stars defender Mulinge Ndeto will see the soldiers who currently are on 31 points date basement team Mathare Youth at Greensteads.
On Sunday fourth place Thika United who are dropping off the title chase host relegation threatened Western Stima at the Thika Municipal Stadium.
Thika will build on their confidence following their 2-1 win away to World Hope and influential Harambee Stars midfielder Stephen Waruru with international keeper David Okelo.
Sixth place World Hope will host seventh place Chemilil Sugar at Hope Centre.
Bobby Ogolla’s side look forward to improve their performance in order to finish in a better position following their consecutive 2-1 identical home defeats to Thika United and Mahakama.